February 18, 2011
A message from DFA Chief of Staff, Mia Moore:
I'd like to introduce you to my mom, Dee.
As a speech pathologist with the Milwaukee Public Schools, she helps
kids learn how to talk. Sometimes these kids struggle because of a birth
defect, sometimes it's because the kids have special developmental
needs. In more than 35 years, my mom's helped over 700 kids, devoting
herself to figuring out exactly what each child needs to learn how to
talk and then patiently working with them day by day and week by week.
Each time we chat, she's got a new story about one of the kids she's
working with and the progress he's made. And she absolutely lights up
when she tells it, I can hear it through the phone.
Please stand with my mom and thousands more like her in
our virtual march in solidarity with Wisconsin's unions.
Governor Walker's attacks on hard-working, devoted teachers like my mom
are outrageous, teachers' salaries are not the reason the state of
Wisconsin has a budget crisis. And his actions have driven teachers'
morale to the lowest it's been since my mom's been working with
Milwaukee Public Schools.
My mom wrote me last night to say thanks to DFA for supporting
Wisconsin, and I wanted to share her gratitude with you. It's been a big
boost to her and her friends.
For 25 years, her teachers' union has accepted wage increases that
barely match the rate of inflation in order to maintain quality health
insurance and pension benefits when they retire. They've negotiated in
good faith with their school board and Governor Walker is now using
dictatorial tactics to wipe it away.
We can't let this happen. Please join the march and stand in solidarity with my
Thanks for everything you do.
Mia Moore, Chief of Staff Democracy for America
February 16, 2011
Talking Points Memo reports that at a press conference this morning, Speaker John Boehner was
asked a rather obvious question based on this point:
If House Republicans succeed in cutting tens of billions of dollars in
discretionary spending over the next six months, some of the most
immediate victims will be federal employees, many of whose jobs will be
slashed as their agencies pare back.
You know what his answer was?
"So be it."
Yup, that's right. If the Republican budget cuts cost Americans their
jobs, the Republican response is "so be it."
It's time for progressives to offer a real alternative. America
needs to know what we stand for, what makes Democrats different from
Republicans, and our vision for moving America forward.
Join me in calling on Democrats to fight for a progressive
budget that has no cuts to vital programs, invests in jobs, and makes
the rich and corporations pay their fair share.
ADD YOUR NAME NOW
The budget fight is just beginning and it's going to be a big one.
Republicans are claiming they'll shut the government down if they don't
get their way. They're willing to cost even more Americans their jobs --
just so Republicans can make a political point in an attempt to hold
What Republicans don't understand is if Democrats stand together, we'll
win this fight.
The majority of America is on our side.
1) NO CUTS TO VITAL PROGRAMS
Americans don't want cuts to programs like Social Security, Medicare,
and others that keep seniors out of poverty and helps the struggling
Republicans are even going after the WIC program which provides
supplemental food, health care referrals, and nutrition education for
low-income pregnant, breastfeeding, and postpartum women, and to infants
and children up to age five who are found to be at nutritional risk.
Are they serious? I guess, if more babies die in America because of lack
of food, John Boehner's response will be "So be
2) INVEST IN JOBS
Americans want strategic investments in jobs and job creation because
and getting more people back to work is actually the best way to reduce
the deficit. The President said it best when he unveiled his suggested
investments in job creation earlier this week: "We also have a
responsibility to invest in those things that are absolutely critical to
preparing our people and our Nation for the economic competition of our
time. We do this by investing in and reforming education and job
training so that all Americans have the skills necessary to compete in
the global economy. We do this by encouraging American innovation and
investing in research and development -- especially in the job-creating
industries of tomorrow such as clean energy. We do this by rebuilding
America's infrastructure so that U.S. companies can ship their products
and ideas from every corner in America to anywhere in the world."
3) EVERYONE PAYS THEIR FAIR SHARE
Middle class Americans and the poor are sick of carrying all the weight
when Washington talks about "shared sacrifice." It's time to make sure
that every American pays their fair share and that means repealing the
tax cuts for the rich and ending big business subsidies to industries
already making millions in net profits.
We must fight to end government subsidies to companies who like
Exxon/Mobil have record breaking profits while paying next to nothing in
ADD YOUR NAME TODAY
This will be a fight and we won't get everything we want -- but we
absolutely must fight. Because win or lose, Americans must see Democrats
fighting for them in Washington.
It's time to stand up and expose Republicans for caring more about
defeating Obama than creating jobs. And if exposing Republicans for who
they are costs Speaker John Boehner
his job, then so be it.
February 14, 2011
The threats to undermine Social Security continue. This week the
Wall Street Journal reported that four Senators, Crapo, Coburn, Conrad,
and Durbin(!), are meeting regularly on a plan to reintroduce the ideas
from the Deficit Commission that include raising the retirement age and
cutting Social Security benefits. Meanwhile, in the House, Rep. Cantor
says that Social Security is still on the table to be cut. We can't let
We want to make sure that Congress understands what they are doing when
they plan to cut the rug out from under working people who need Social
Security to support themselves, their families, and their communities.
That's why we are collecting stories from folks like you to share with
Congress and to put in TV ads for everyone to see. Yes! I have a Social Security story I want to
I don't have a Social Security story, but I'll
contribute $5 to put these stories on the air.
Social Security is a promise we made with each other to support one
another in retirement or in cases of disability. This promise is how we
keep our communities stable and secure when we need it most.
We will share these stories with Progressive Members of Congress to talk
about on the House and Senate floor, we will send your stories to all
Members of Congress, and we will use some stories for a TV ad to make
sure that everyone knows the faces of people who depend on Social
Yes! I want to make sure members of Congress hear my
I don't have a Social Security story, but I'll
contribute so that others' stories can be shared.
Thank you for all that you do.
February 14, 2011
February 11, 2011
Progressive Caucus Members Show Effective Organizing with Some in Tea Party to Protect Liberty of US Citizens BURLINGTON, VT DFA Executive Director, Arshad Hasan:
Progressives know that Americans do not want to be spied on by the
government. Thats why the Congressional Progressive Caucus fought to
end these attacks on our liberty. The issue of liberty is one place
where some conservatives and progressives agree in Congress.
Hasan added, I am proud to see that under the leadership of Raul Grijalva and Keith Ellison
Progressive Caucus Members are building coalitions across party lines
to get the peoples business done. I hope that the Republican leadership
learns an important lesson here and starts working on issues that
voters really care about like creating more jobs. We look forward to
working with them on these and other issues we mutually agree on.
Hasan sent an email to Democracy for America members today asking them
to thank the Congressional Progressive Caucus for their work to end the
unconstitutional provisions of the Patriot Act. (Email text attached.)
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